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>>> i view this situation as one big lie that i repeated a lot of times. >> lance armstrong's lies. now that america has seen his confession, will the truth set him free? >>> hostage crisis in the desert. americans still believed to be among the captives after a risky rescue attempt fails to free all of them. >>> power struggle in the northeast. trees and power lines affected by snow, we have so much to talk about this morning. boy, what a night. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolin. >> and i'm john berman. friday, january 18th. and, man, what a moment ma. for years, lance armstrong cheated, lance armstrong lied. but last night in big public fashion he came clean. in a gripping, surreal interview with oprah, he told oprah point blank he doped to win each of his seven consecutive tour de france titles. he systematically died about doping and ruthlessly attacked his accusers. the 90-minute interview began by cutting to the chase. simple yes or no questions. >> let's start with the questions that people around the world have been waiting for you to answer and f
, lance armstrong's confession continued. it's over now. tonight on oprah winfrey's own network he sort of broke down telling oprah what it was like as a father of five kids to lie to a child, to lie to a son, his son luke. >> when this all really started, i saw my son defending me and saying, that's not true. what you're saying about my dad is not true. and it almost goes to this question of why now. you know, he can't -- yeah. that's when i knew i had to tell him. >> what did you say? >> i said, listen, there's been a lot of questions about your dad. my career, whether i doped or did not dope. i have always denied that, and i have always been ruthless and defiant about that. you guys have seen that. that's probably why you trusted me on it, which make it is even sicker. and i said i want you to know that it's true. i told luke. i said -- i said don't defend me anymo anymore. don't. >> did he say anything? >> he just said, look, you know, i love you. you're my dad. this won't change that. >> emotional moments. no tears visible but probably the most emotional lance armstrong got in the
with lance armstrong? >> well, i think the thing that's been unanswered that lance armstrong needs to do is am i human? do i have a heart in my chest? do i have actual warm blood coursing through my veins? this was a disaster of both form and content. in terms of form, lance armstrong came across as being cold, calculating, emotionless, particularly when he spoke about the lives that he has affected and the lives he has hurt. in terms of content, i mean, this was the part that really floored me. i thought beforehand, lance armstrong had a difficult task because he needed to do two things simultaneously. he needed to show the united states anti-doping agency that he was willing to play ball with them, that he was willing to be repentant. and he needed to get across to the american people that he felt sorry, that he felt bad about what he did in order to restore his reputation. he really did neither of those things. he rejected the core of the anti-doping agency report that he bullied other riders into doping. that he led a ring of bikers who doped in the sport. yet, at the same time, he a
substances oblood dope? >> yes. >>> that's a stoic seeming lance armstrong trying to salvage what's left of his reputation and stage another comeback. he tells some of the truth, at least, to oprah slowly. good morning. this is "way too early," the show that believes for every banned substance there's an unbanned one that's just as good. thanks for getting up with us early this friday, january 18th. a lot to cover today, including the ongoing hostage situation in the middle of the sahara desert. there's an unspecified number of americans that remain held there after a failed rescue attempt. >>> plus, we have a spanking new nbc news/wall street journal poll. this is fresh terrain for gun control advocates. the question is, will poll numbers affect the issue. >>> first, one of the longest running lies in the history of sports is now at least partially over. there's no doubt that lance armstrong's remarkable journey of comeback and triumph was a fraudulent fairy tale. in that interview with oprah winfrey aired last night, the disgraced seven-time tour de france winner confessed repea
and friends first. it is the interview everyone is talking about. lance armstrong. we will have the latest on his confession in just minutes. >> first your 5@5:00. the top five stories making tnes at this hour. it could be a break in the murder of the border agent. a mexican national says he shot terry dead when evidences caught trying to do a drug shipment near the border. he turned himself in threatening to kill a sheriff in texas. two guns linked to the fast and furious operation were found near the murder scene. >>> the fbi is under criticism about the benghazi take. top libyan officials including the prime minister and intelligence chief. the trip to tripoli comes as a key suspect in the attack was recently released by tunisian officials. the attack on the consulate left four americans dead. >> two fighter jets escort a plane with an accused hijacker on board. they got word an hijacker was on board. the man was questioned. but the fbic says the passenger didn't seem to be a threat. he slept through most of the flight. they are trying to determine if the call was a hoax. >> what caused
. one big lie. that's what lance armstrong said for the first time ever after more than a decade of denials. the seven-time tour de france winner admitted to cheating by taking banned substancing during his cycling career. some a sitdown with oprah winfrey he talked about the allegations that have been plaguing him for here's. this after the justice department decided to intervene in a whistle-blower lawsuit brought on by a former teammate. nbc's kurt gregory has more. >> a one more answer. >> did you ever take banned substances to enhance your performances? >> yes. >> reporter: after years of denials, seven-time winner lance armstrong admitted to oprah winfrey he did use performance-enhancing drugs. >> in all seven of your tour de france victories did you ever take banned substances or blood dope? >> yes. >> reporter: it's an admission armstrong spent more than a decade denying. >> i've used this situation as one big lie that i repeated a lot of times. >> reporter: those who have followed armstrong say tonight's admission is self-serving. >> i believe he is completely insincere
on "world news now," lie strong. we finally get to hear lance armstrong's confession as he tells oprah winfrey and the world why he doped. >> he used the interview to describe himself as a flawed character. it is friday, january 18. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." i'm john muller in for rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. we're going to get part two of lance armstrong's admission tonight, what he said on night one in just a moment. were you surprised at all? >> no, it was such a buildup to him, the interview that you pretty much figured he was going to say what he said. but i am surprised he did come clean. you dig yourself that big a hole, you might as well lie in it. >>> also, the latest on the fate of the americans caught up in that kidnap drama in algeria. >>> and waking up on the operating table, but unable to speak. this is horrible. the surprising number of patients it's happened to and what can be done to prevent it. >> i can't imagine being in that situation where you can feel anything and you can't tell them that you can feel everything. >>> and then puppy power p
of the day responses. >> we asked now that lance armstrong confessed to the doping are you likely to forgive him for living? >> yes, i forgive lance armstrong. he was doping because everyone else was. lance is a hero because he won seven tour de france races. >> tom says i do not forgive armstrong. if he would have told the truth the first time under oath, i would have. he is a liar and cheater. >> jane says it is up to lance to ask forgiveness of god. public forgiveness shouldn't be a concern. >> have a great weekend. take care, folks. >>gretchen: good morning everybody. tgif. it's friday. it's january 18, 2013. i'm gretchen carlson. i hope you're going to have a great day. >>> f-15's called in to escort an american passenger plane after reports a hijacker could be on board. >>brian: it's the question we've been waiting to hear an answer to: >> yes or no. did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performances? >> yes. >>steve: what does lance armstrong have to say about himself now? those answers straight ahead. >>brian: another question: where do you find oprah's network
does lance armstrong have to say about himself now? those answers straight ahead. >>brian: another question: where do you find oprah's network on your cable dial? how do you make a tractor race more exciting? you grab your pig. "fox & friends" starts now. >>gretchen: oh, my goodness, is that somebody snoring? or somebody snorting? >>steve: it's the pig. >>gretchen: why are we playing that? >>brian: this reminds steve when you were brought up in the future farmers association. >>steve: brian's cold open was grab your pig. first let's be straight up with you. we this morning are on performance-enhancing coffee. we started early. at this hour you've got to do it. >>gretchen: i thought you were talking about the birthday party i was at last night where we were on performance-enhancing other things. but i'll take some of that. >>brian: i got permission to stay up late because it was a school night. i asked ahead of time. so i was able to watch oprah's network. >>steve: where is it? what channel is it? channel 1? >>brian: it was 180 on my dial. so i find it and oprah used the opportunit
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. >> after a decade of deception, lance armstrong admitting his story of success was, in his words, one big lie. it's friday, january 18. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm john muller in for rob nelson. >> and it is friday. >> friday. we made it. tgif. >> yes. armstrong said he was driven to cheat by a ruthless desire to win, saying it never felt wrong, he never felt bad about what he was doing and still didn't seem to be terribly contrite during that confession with oprah. we'll have the complete confession in a moment. first, a look at some of the other stories we're following. including escape from algeria. five americans held hostage by terrorists. they're now safe. but for others, the danger is not over. a lot of questions as to how many people remain, how many were taken to begin with. so definitely a situation that continues to evolve. >> very fluid situation there. >>> also ahead, changing the meaning of home. the new nontraditional way which homes are growing and families are expanding. >> fascinating. especially for those that are thinking about taki
emotional and on this second night is when we finally saw some of that emotion. lance armstrong becoming the most emotional we saw him in this two-night interview when he had to explain to his kids that he had been lying all along for more than a decade. >> when this all really started, i saw my son defending me and saying that's not true. what you're saying about my dad is not true. and it almost goes to this question of why now. yeah. that's when i knew i had to tell him. and he'd never asked me. he'd never said, dad, is this true? he trusted me. i said don't defend me anymore. don't. >> reporter: as we moved on throughout the interview, this is the part of the interview that i think will have most of the people who have been following the lance armstrong saga for so long that will really be parsing and taking a deeper look into, and this is the question of his comeback to the tour de france in 2009 and 2010. lance armstrong says he only did so with the blessing of his first wife, kristin armstrong, the mother of his three oldest children. listen to what he had to say about that. >> th
>>> "outfront" next. lance armstrong reveals more details to oprah winfrey and the people he wronged are willing to pounce. how a series of lawsuits could wipe out his fortune. one american hostage confirmed dead in algeria. cnn communicates with another hostage who managed to escape. the nra's power is growing even after newtown. let's go "outfront." good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, breaking news on lance armstrong. coming clean, part two. the 41-year-old former cyclist continued his confession with more revelations about his cheating and lying for more than a decade. ed lavandera has been following the story. he's in austin tonight. ed? >> reporter: erin, oprah promised leading into this interview that it was at times emotional, and on this second night is when we finally saw some of that emotion. lance armstrong becoming the most emotional we saw him in this two-night interview when he had to explain to his kids that he had been lying all along for more than a decade. >> when this all really started, i saw my son defending me and saying that's not true.
for cancer research since it was started by lance armstrong back in 1997. it helped 2 1/2 million people with cancer worldwide and immediately after last night's interview the foundation releasing this statement, and i'm quoting here, even if the wake of our disappointment, we also expressed gratitude for lance as a survivor for the drive, devotion and spirit he brought to serving cancer patients and the entire cancer community. we should point out that fox news channel is sitting down this morning with an exclusive interview with a current livestrong board member with reaction to last night's interview. we'll have that for you throughout the day here on fox news, martha. martha: that will be interesting. casey, thank you very much. >> reporter: yeah. bill: kind of had to do it at some point. i don't think he gets lawyers off his back. they will still pursue him especially the department of justice. armstrong's career, seven-time tour de france winner. that what a streak that was. in 2002 "sports illustrated" called him the sportsman of the year. he won a bronze medal at the 2000 olympic
. find out what they mean by that. >>> plus, between the manti te'o hoax and lance armstrong's confession, should washington be concerned? i know you're saying, what? i'm going to talk with the national journal columnist and says the athletes give voters two more excuses not to trust politicians. we'll connect the dots. >>> and you can join our conversation on twitter. you can find us. [ male announcer ] how do you measure happiness? by the armful? by the barrelful? the carful? how the bowlful? campbell's soups give you nutrition, energy, and can help you keep a healthy weight. campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans. at liberty mutual insurance, we understand. that's why our auto policies come with accident forgiveness if you qualify, where your rates won't go up due to your first accident, and new car replacement, where, if you total your new car, we give you the money for a new one. call... to talk to an insurance expert about everything else that comes standard with our b
victories did you ever take banned substances or blood doping? >> yes. >> lance armstrong tell all interrue. what he told oprah and why some cyclists are not believing his apology. >>> we are live in santa clara. we will tell you about all the excitement that is building about this weekend's playoff game. >>> good morning. thank you for waking up with us this friday morning january 18th i'm pam cook. >> and i'm dave clark. let's check weather and traffic. steve is right there. steve, thank you. >> for? >> for making it warm up. >> it was a little warmer. i was like wow this is nice. 62 degrees. well for some areas it was warmer than that. especially toward santa cruz. 30s and 40s and a couple 20s. but temperatures if you enjoyed yesterday you will like today. very similar. here is sal. >>> steve, good morning. westbound this looks pretty good. and this morning if you are driving on the san mateo bridge it also is a nice drive over to the peninsula. let's go back to the desk. >>> in the news this morning an elderly woman in hayward was rushed to the hospital last night after being found ins
. >>> in a new interview last night, disgraced cyclist lance armstrong became emotional with oprah winfrey. armstrong at mitted doping toured all of his to you de france victories's in part two, choked up telling his son that the rumors were true. >> i saw my son defending me and saying, that's not true. what you're saying about my dad is not true. that's when i knew i had to -- tell him. and he's never asked me. he'd never said, dad, is this true? he trusted me. >> uh-huh. >> and i heard about it in the hall ways -- i said, don't defend me anymore. >> armstrong acknowledged he's far from winning back the public's trust. admits he may have lost some supporters for good. >>> now, notre dame's manti te'o is breaking his silence on how his story of overcoming tragedy was actually a hoax. te'o sat down for a brand new off-camera interview with espn, and te'o says he was a victim and never part of the elaborate scam. joining me, rob from msnbc sports. >> good morning. >> such an interesting story. did we learn anything up in from the interview that might suggest he was part of the hoax or not?
and some are wondering if he had a role in the hoax. >>> after a decade of denial, cyclist lance armstrong has admitted that he used performance-enhancing drugs in order to win all seven tour de france championships. vinita nair has the latest on the extensive interview with oprah winfrey. >> reporter: lance armstrong's long abated confession came -- awaited confession came after oprah winfrey's first question. >> did you ever take banned sub dances to enhance your -- substances to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> reporter: armstrong told the world the career would not have been possible without doping. >> i viewed this situation as one big lie. that i repeated a lot of times. >> reporter: the disgraced cyclist used blood transfusions, testosterone and the blood booster epo to get ahead. >> it did not even feel wrong. >> nope, scary. >> reporter: armstrong didn't consider the conduct cheating. he said it leveled the playing field during a time when many competitors were also doping. >> i didn't invent the culture but i didn't try to stop the culture. >> reporter: but he admitte
information to bring you in the lance armstrong doping scanned from a cyclist who knew him well. shocking new testimony in the jodi arias murder trial. what the jury is learning from the woman who claims she killed her boyfriend in self-defense. >>> you saw it unfolding live. the dramatic rescue of a woman trapped for hours between two concrete walls. how did she get there? we may learn the answer "happening now." jon: back to our top story. we're awaiting president obama's new gun control proposals. the president is expected to caller to the most sweeping changes to gun laws in years, if not decades, prompting concerns among supporters of gun rights in this country. good morning to you. i'm jon scott. jenna: i'm sure glad you're not stuck between two walls. that would put a damper on the show. jon: would make it difficult to get here and do the research. jenna: we'll try to get answers on that story. hi, i'm jenna lee. in less than an hour the president will outline his efforts to curb goon violence. he is expected to ask congress to ban military-style assault weapons. many of you have quest
lance armstrong. >> you have no opinion or just dismissing the whole story? >> but he has to be the luckiest guy in the world. >> or the other way around. >> manti te'o comes in and just takes the whole thing away. >> back when i was a kid when you talked sports stories, you talked about real things like salary disputes and ratings, not all these controversies. >> the manti te'o thing, there's one aspect of it that i find kind of really, really interesting. and it is this. we live in a culture, if you look around today, people walking around on their cell phones, walking through traffic, almost getting hit by cars, texting people, we live in a no-eye-contact era. so it's not that surprising that someone is going to go online. that happens all the time, okay? this guy, what i think happened with this guy, first of all, i figure, he's not exactly a mensa number, right? >> he's got a pretty good gpa. >> i don't think so. >> you think he was taking, like, astronomy? >> mike, he almost pulled off one of the greatest hoaxes ever. let's give him a little credit. you. >> think he
cheater lance armstrong has confirmed the admitted the accusations and the confession in his own words. coming up. comess cops say they have busted the man have beating a woman and tossing her on the subway tracks. all ahead unless breaking news changes everything on studio "b". >> gregg: first, islamic militants holding hostages at a bp gas field in africa reportedly offering to trade to americans for a pair of terrorists jailed here in united states. the militants offered the americans in exchange for the so-called blind sheik convicted of target world trade center back in 1993 and they are asking for release of another person. the algerian military launched the rescue operation yesterday without any american help despite the pentagon's offer to assist. algeria state's news service reported that 100 of the hostages are flee. two americans managed to escape but today, the state department reports there are still american hostages. no word on the exact number or their condition. today marks three days since the militants stormed the facility near the libyan border. algerian state telev
ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling? >> yeah. >> reporter: lance armstrong comes clean, tonight the super star's long awaited liacopa on doping. good evening i'm ken wayne. >> and i'm julie haener. after repeating the lie for years he finally admitted to cheating. lange armstrong's long awaited confession was heard today on oprah winfrey. deborah villalon is live where she watched the oprah winfrey interview with other cyclists. >> win at all cost truly. serves me well on the bike, served me well during the disease. but the level that it went to for whatever reason, is a fall. >> reporter: as details poured out, bicyclists poured in. some say armstrong deserves some slack. >> it doesn't take away from what he has done for the sport and it's still a remarkable feet no matter what. >> reporter: others race competitive. >> we race clean, we race fair. i think it puts a big dark shadow over it. >> reporter: lance armstrong says he never forced teammates to cheat. >> i think he's mean. he's mean spirited and i think that really comes across. >> reporter: occasionally armstro
taibbi, nbc news, los angeles. >>> there is also more tonight on another storied athlete, lance armstrong, who called his use of performance-enhancing drugs one big lie. armstrong became emotional last night in the second part of his interview with oprah winfrey, but as nbc's anne thompson reports, it's also about what armstrong didn't say. >> reporter: control marked lance armstrong's career, punishing the competition in the tour de france, blatantly lying about his extensive use of performance-enhancing drugs. that control teetered in the second part of his exclusive interview with oprah winfrey, as the father of five described telling his children the truth. >> and i said, i want you to know that it's true. >> reporter: a confession motivated by his 13-year-old soon luke, defending him online. >> i told luke, i said -- i said, don't defend me anymore. >> reporter: in the hour-long show on own, armstrong said he raced clean when he returned to the tour in 2009 and 2010, something he says his ex-wife kristen made him promise to do. >> and i never would have betrayed that with her. >> rep
] to learn more about the cold truth and save $1 visit alka-seltzer on facebook. >> lance armstrong came clean about doping in his interview with oprah. >> he admitted he used blood transfusions to give him an edge. he said he would not have won if he hadn't. >> yes or no, did you ever take banned substances to enhance our cycling performance? >> yes. >> did it feel wrong? >> at the time? no. >> it did not even feel wrong? >> armstrong admitted being a bully against his accusers and former teammates. the wife of one of his former teammates was not satisfied with his interview. armstrong criticized her when she said she heard him tell a doctor he was doping in 1996. >> you dropped the ball after what you have done to me, what you have done to my family, you could not own up to it. if he is not going to tell the truth, if he cannot say that it happened how are we to believe anything else he is saying? >> armstrong refused to answer questions about that last night. she says he should have since he recently apologized to her on the phone. armstrong told oprah he had a 40 minute phone ca
? >> yes. >> lance armstrong admitting to cheating. how he confenced to oprah in an highly-ance pated inter-- highly-anticipated game. >> reporter: the 49ers are one win away from the super bowl. we'll have more coming up. >>> well, good morning to you. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. it's friday, january 18th. >>> a woman was taken to the hospital late last night. firefighters did not find her until after the fire on second street was out. ktvu's alex savage is live on the scene with more on the woman's injuries and what neighbors are saying. >> reporter: good morning. she is opening the elderly woman will survive after the fire. we'll push in here on the unit on the unit that, as you can see, was badly damaged. the woman suffered burns and smoke inhalation. however, firefighters did tell us the woman had a pulse when she was transported to eaton hospital. the fire broke out at this 20- unit apartment complex. crews on scene here last night say it was a fairly small kitchen fire. at this point, it was unable to get out of her apartment. but as crews made their way through the unit, t
lance armstrong rebuild his career after admitting to oprah he used performance enhancing drugs. 15% say yes. 28% say no. 57% say it is too late to sway a negative public opinion. proof positive that sports fans will forgive anything provided you haven't actually tampered with the sport itself. >>> let's see what is coming up on "street signs." >> lots of things. you know we've got john mcafee and he his life can sound like a movie script. so much so, there are audibles about a movie life out there. >>> also one of the smartest investing minds in the world. carl bass, made his money betting against sub prime, now making his money with sub prime. >>> we will hear what ben bernanke's 10 commandments should be. >> mandy, thank you very much. >>> john mackey -- is that right? you're not co-ceo. >> i'm an billionaire. >> well, that's okay. you made a lot of money. and he has also made a lot of money for shareholders because the stock of whole foods is nothing short of spectacular in recent years. we have a chart of it there. you look at the stock, up more than 2,000 percent. that's pretty goo
now. >> lance armstrong's apology. >> you supported me forever through all of, this and you believed, and i lied to you. and i'm sorry. >> he wasn't apologizing to oprah there. he was apologizing to everyone else. more on his message to those with cancer he wants to -- he once inspired. can they forgive and forget? "fox & friends" starts now. >> top of the morning to you. welcome to "fox & friends" on this saturday morning. it is so nice to see you. welcome to tucker. welcome to it ali. >> alisyn: thank you, thank you. nice to be with you guys. yesterday that's all we could talk about. manti te'o. >> clayton: weirder this morning. >> alisyn: i guess. i feel like he has clarified it a little bit. he had an interview with espn yesterday in which he talked about how it was possible that for three years he had a girlfriend, he thought, but he never met her. she was an imaginary girlfriend that he did talk to on the phone a lot. and that he had lots of internet, you know, exchanges with social media. tuck tuck it can happen. here is what he said. quote: i knew that it was crazy i never m
. plus, what to make of the lance armstrong confession. >> did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performance? >> yes. >> >> the cyclist revealing his dark secrets. why did he agree to this interview in the first place? and what does he do now? this man won the lottery and wound up dead. investigators say somebody poisoned him and today they dug up his body. >> i don't even know what happened. tonight, the evidence they are trying to find. plugs, robbers knock off a brinks truck and get away with the cash. the guard does not go down easily. >> i heard at least 15 to 18 shots. >> tonight, governments in the manhunt for the brinks bandits. i'm bill hemmer in tonight for shepard smith. one of the american hostage in algeria is dead. u.s. officials saying that he was from texas they have recovered his remains and november his family. sources tell fox news he died of a heart attack yesterday when algerian forces stormed the gas plant and tried to rescue the hostage. a bit earlier today the militants claim they were holding two americans at the facility in the sahara. and t
. your travel lanes are open. over to you. >> danella, 6:32. reaction to lance armstrong's interview is pouring in from around the world. armstrong's claim that he doped to create "a level playing field is a convenient excuse." armstrong told oprah in an exclusive interview that he used performance-enhancing drugs in not just one but all seven of the victories. for the first time he described the mounting pressure that prop up a lie protecting his reputation. >> all the fault and all the blame falls on me. behind that picture and behind that story there's momentum. whether it's fans or whether it's the media, it just gets going. i lost myself in all that. i'm sure there would be other people that can handle it, i certainly couldn't handle t i was used to controlling everything in my life. now the story is so bad and so toxic. a lot of it is true. >> armstrong claims he stopped doping for his 2010 tour comeback in which he placed third. but the chief of the world anti-doping agency says that's a lie and armstrong is trying to avoid criminal prosecution. live strong, armstrong's cancer
, including lance armstrong's confession, can he repair his public image? >> some lo love going around there. >>> but let's begin this half hour with this incredible story, this hoax involving the top football player a at notre dame? nbc's john yang is in south bend this morning. john, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. it does seem like -- or seemed like a story made for hollywood, a star football player here at north dame who leads his team to a spectacular season after overcoming terrible tragedy, the deaths of his grandmother and his girlfriend on the same day. but it turns out that's all it was, a story. manti te'o's story seemed destined to take its place alongside the legends of notre dame's storied football program. a star linebacker and heisman trophy finalist after an undefeated season that end ted national championship game. inspiring teammates and becoming a campus hero by triumphing over twin tragedies, the loss on the same day in september of his grandmother and his girlfriend who died after battling leukemia, a story he told on espn's "college game day" in o
and the amazing back story they can. it's just a disgrace. this comes after lance armstrong, which is different. that was true illegal activit activity. but why this guy was so invested in the story and have to continue it even after he knew it was a hoax is just inexplicable to me. >> bret: tucker? >> it's explicable if it's part of publicity campaign designed to gen up publicity prior to winning the heisman. not saying is it but that would make sense considering the sports coverage is not just about the story itself but the back story. not a long jumper but a survivor. she came this far. we learn so much about the lives of the athletes and all of this is designed to make us sympathize with them personally. he spoke about the death of the girlfriend. i don't think we ought to assume it was a woman who supposedly died the same day as his grandmother and that means he sympathetic victim. he could be the victim of the hoax and also a perpetrator. this is checkable but the point is nobody checked it. many sports reporters doesed a latory journalism that doesn't contain checking. it's designed to c
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